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December 29: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

December 29, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1907, Brooklyn Daily Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson wrote, “On January 1, 1908, the Greater City of New York will be ten years old. It is a healthy youngster. It has outstripped all other municipalities in the world. On the New Year it will enter upon another decade of growth, which promises to be more wonderful than the decade about to close. When one goes back over the history of Greater New York, one is astounded at the giant strides that have been made. You can delve through the musty volumes of city reports and mayors’ messages, which tell the story of this development, if you will, and even in these columns and columns of dry figures you will find appealing to you an eloquence that you cannot resist. But it is no part of this article to dig up the figures in the municipal graveyard to any considerable extent. It is rather the intention to present to view the Greater City and its work in the concrete — its glories of the past and, perhaps, its glorious possibilities of the future.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (A.P.) — The President and Mrs. Hoover plan to observe the tradition which has made the annual New Year reception at the White House an affair of official importance and social brilliance. The announcement of the order of the reception was the same as that in years past. Short directions at the bottom of the page informed the public that ‘during the morning reception, persons to be received whether in carriages or on foot will enter and leave the White House by the east entrance.’ The president will receive the members of the cabinet and the diplomatic corps at 11 o’clock New Year’s morning. Ten minutes later the chief justice and associate justices and other members of the judiciary will be received. At 11:15 senators and representatives will pass the reception line, to be followed at 11:25 by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, the Public Health Service and the Coast and Geodetic Survey officers down to and including the grade of lieutenant colonel and commander. At 1 o’clock in the afternoon the general citizenship will be received.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Eagle reported, “PITTSBURGH (A.P.) — Skyscrapers, say the rheologists, may well be the ‘deserted villages’ of the future, abandoned because ‘creep’ will have made them unsafe and high costs will have made tearing them down unprofitable. Dr. Eugene C. Bingham of Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., asks what will happen to skyscrapers designed for a ‘life’ of 20 years, ‘if they are not torn down and replaced before the materials in them become unsafe?’ ‘The theory upon which they are built is that it will be profitable in 20 years to tear them down and build larger structures on the same site,’ says Dr. Bingham, ‘but a lot of things can happen in 20 years and it may not be profitable to tear them down at all.’ Dr. Bingham, P.G. McNetty of the Westinghouse Laboratories and Dr. E.S. Sheppard, camera company rheologist, say that studies have revealed a surprising ‘creep’ or flow of such ‘solid’ materials as concrete, steel and even marble under their own weight.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “Surrounded by friends and co-workers in the Brownsville Boys Club, Abe Stark will be officially inducted as president of the City Council at Menorah Temple, 14th Ave. and 50th St., on New Year’s Eve. The ceremonies will be held as the New Year is ushered in at the dinner-dance of the women’s division of the Boys Club, held in honor of Thomas Konicoff and David Kaufman, builders of the recently completed $1,500,000 club building at 1555 Linden Boulevard. Directing the activities of the evening are Mrs. Edward Zimmerman, president of the women’s division; Mrs. Ben Fabricant, co-chairman; and Mrs. Max Tobin and Mrs. Charles Hertz, chairmen of the journal committee. On New Year’s Day, a reception in honor of Stark will be held at the Brownsville Boys Club by the board of directors under the direction of Samuel Abrams, executive vice president and chairman of the board.”

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Alison Brie
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Diego Luna
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Benson” star Inga Swenson, who was born in 1932; Oscar-winner Jon Voight, who was born in 1938; singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, who was born in 1946; “Cheers” star Ted Danson, who was born in 1947; “If I Can’t Have You” singer Yvonne Elliman, who was born in 1951; “Murder One” star Patricia Clarkson, who was born in 1959; former major league outfielder Devon White, who was born in 1962; “The Walking Dead” star Michael Cudlitz, who was born in 1964; The Offspring singer Dexter Holland, who was born in 1965; filmmaker Lilly Wachowski, who was born in 1967; “Cold Mountain” star Jude Law, who was born in 1972; baseball executive Theo Epstein, who was born in 1973; “ER” star Mekhi Phifer, who was born in 1974; “Rogue One” star Diego Luna, who was born in 1979; and “Community” star Alison Brie, who was born in 1982.

Jude Law
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RE-JOYCE: “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” debuted on this day in 1916. The semiautobiographical novel by Irish modernist author James Joyce was published in the U.S. by B.W. Huebsch. It was originally serialized in the British literary journal The Egoist from 1914-15.

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SOMETHING ABOUT MARY: Mary Tyler Moore was born in Brooklyn Heights on this day in 1936. A seven-time Emmy winner, Moore broke new ground by wearing capris as the stylish, comedic housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-66). As Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” she quietly revolutionized TV sitcoms, introducing a single, independent career woman. Her production company, MTM Enterprises, launched numerous hit shows, including “The Bob Newhart Show,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Hill Street Blues.” She also received an Oscar nomination for her role in “Ordinary People” (1980). She died in 2017.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Quotable:

“Take chances. Make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

— actress and producer Mary Tyler Moore, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1936


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